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ASEAN Cosmetic Directive has been updated to Version 2020-01, with most of the changes to be implemented from March 2022.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & HouseholdNO. 185/20

Beauty Products on Shelf

Updates to Annexes of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) were released on November 2020, following the decisions adopted at the 32nd ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) Meeting.

Most of the updates will be implemented from March 2022. An exception is the prohibition on the use of Dibutylin Hydrogen Borate in cosmetic products, which will be implemented from September 2021.

Annexes of ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (Version No.: 2020-01, 27 October 2020)

Annex II

  • 4 substances are prohibited

Annex II II II II
Ref No. 1400 1577 1578 1579
Substance Dibutyltin hydrogen borate 
Formaldehyde  
Paraformaldehyde  
Methanediol; methylene glycol
CAS No. 75113‐37‐0
50‐00‐0
30525‐89‐4
463‐57‐0
Implementation Date 8 September 2021
8 March 2022
8 March 2022
8 March 2022

Annex III

  • 3 substances are restricted with updated requirements
  • 1 new substance is restricted
Changes Amend Amend Amend New
Annex III III III III
Ref No. 13
324 (308)
325 (309)
327 (1383 Annex II)
Substances Formaldehyde
Tagetes patula flower extract 
Tagetes patula flower oil 
Tagetes patula flower extract 
Tagetes patula flower oil 
Tagetes patula flower extract 
Tagetes patula flower oil 
CAS No. 50‐00‐0  91770‐75‐1 
91770‐75‐1/8016‐84‐0 
91722‐29‐1
91722‐29‐1/8016‐84‐0 
Tagetes patula flower extract 
Tagetes patula flower oil 
Restrictions Field of Application And/Or Use 
Nail hardening products (a) Leave‐on products
(b) Rinse‐off products 
(a) Leave‐on products
(b) Rinse‐off products 
(a) Leave‐on products
(b) Rinse‐off products 
Maximum Concentration in Ready for Use Preparation
2.2% calculated as formaldehyde 
(a) 0.01% 
(b) 0.1%
(a) 0.01% 
(b) 0.1%
(a) 0.01% 
(b) 0.1%
Other Limitations and Requirements 
Allowed only in Lao PDR, 
Thailand and Vietnam
For (a) and (b): Alpha terthienyl (terthiophen) content in the extract/oil ≤ 0.35 %.  

For (a): Not to be used in sunscreen products and products marketed for exposure to natural/artificial UV light.  

For (a) and (b): In case of combined use with Tagetes patula (entry 325) or Tagetes erecta (entry 327), the total combined content of Tagetes in ready for use preparation shall not exceed the maximum concentration limits set out in column (d). 
For (a) and (b): Alpha terthienyl (terthiophen) content in the extract/oil ≤ 0.35 %.  

For (a): Not to be used in sunscreen products and products marketed for exposure to natural/artificial UV light.  

For (a) and (b): In case of combined use with Tagetes minuta (entry 324) or Tagetes erecta (entry 327), the total combined content of Tagetes in ready for use preparation shall not exceed the maximum concentration limits set out in column (d). 
For (a) and (b): Alpha terthienyl (terthiophen) content in the extract/oil ≤ 0.35 %.  

For (a): Not to be used in sunscreen products and products marketed for exposure to natural/artificial UV light.  

For (a) and (b): In case of combined use with Tagetes minuta (entry 324) or Tagetes patula (entry 325), the total combined content of Tagetes in ready for use preparation shall not exceed the maximum concentration limits set out in column (d).
Conditions of Use and Warnings Which Must Be Printed on the Labels
Protects cuticles with grease or oil. 
Contains formaldehyde (2)



Implementation Date 8 March 2022 
8 March 2022 
8 March 2022 
8 March 2022 

Annex V

  • 1 substance is deleted
Changes Delete
Annex V
Ref No.
5
Substance
Formaldehyde and paraformaldehyde
Maximum Authorized Concentration
0.2% (except for products for oral hygiene)
0.1% (for oral hygiene)
expressed as free formaldehyde

Limitations and Requirements
Prohibited in aerosol dispensers (sprays)
Conditions of Use and Warnings Which Must Be Printed on the Label

Implementation Date
8 March 2022

It is crucial for all cosmetic, personal care and household products to be safe, effective and stable. SGS provides testing, inspection and certification services to manufacturers, distributors and importers to ensure a high level of product quality in every area. Our state-of-the-art laboratories offer tailored solutions for chemical, biophysical, microbiological, stability and biological aspects. We also have extensive capabilities in performance testing, claim support studies and consumer panels. Our testing is conducted according to customer specific or recognized standard methods, some of which were developed by SGS. Our cosmetic safety assessors and other technical experts can support customers by making sure new products comply with regulatory requirements. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested.

  1. 32nd ASEAN Cosmetic Scientific Body (ACSB) Meeting

Next Step

Cosmetic manufacturers, importers and distributors shall be aware of the different implementation timeline of new requirements and changes on ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.

For enquiries, please contact:

Queenie Ho-yan TSE
Assistant Technical Service Manager
t: +852 2765 3672

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